Arthdal Chronicles

The more I see news of this drama coming up the less interested I become. It’s just NOT grabbing me at all. I’m a big fan of Song Joong ki but frankly every time I see his picture in character I just want to burst out laughing, he looks like a kid who is playing dress up!!

I’m not writing it off completely of course but I just wish his next drama had been something different… sigh…

#arthdal-chronicals, #song-joong-ki

Netflix has picked up another potential blockbuster

I saw this news on Soompi re: the air date for Arthdal Chronicals with Song Joong-ki and Jang Dong-gun and it’s coming very soon. And, Forbes has stated that Netflix has picked it up and it will air simultaneously with screenings in South Korea.

It has kind of a Tribes and Empires vibe from what I’ve seen in the trailer, and everyone looks interesting (cough, especially SJK).

I’m interested in seeing a different kind of historical drama from South Korea — fingers crossed it will be spectacular!

#arthdal-chronicals, #jang-dong-gun, #song-joong-ki

Battleship Island – Impressions

Last night I went to the local premiere (and for free!) of the movie Battleship Island. I went in knowing the story, having skimmed a review or two, and with moderate hopes for it (because sometimes reviewers don’t see things the way I do). Without giving anything away, I will say that the reviewers pretty much have it right.

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I wanted to like it, really I did. What’s not to like with a cast made up of So Jisub, Song Joong-ki, Hwang Jung-min? They all end up on Hashima Island, where the “evil Japanese” have conscripted them to work as forced laborers in harrowing conditions, mining coal to fuel (haha) the desperate war effort at the end of WWII.

Here’s a short snippet from the LA Times review:

It’s 1945 and the end of the war is in sight, though that’s scant consolation for the prisoners, a handful of whom are individuated here via broad brushstrokes and shrewd movie-star casting. The dreamy-eyed So Ji-sub plays Choi Chil-sung, a once-suave Seoul gangster who tries to fight his way into a position of power, while Lee Jung-hyun is the beautiful, much-abused Mal-nyeon, a character whose main purpose is to gloss over the uniquely horrific plight of Korean “comfort women.” Elsewhere on the island, Park Mu-young (Song Joong-ki) is a U.S.-trained spy sent to Hashima Island to smuggle out the respected Korean resistance leader Yoon Hak-chul (Lee Kyoung-young).

My biggest issues with the movie are these: this kind of movie is formulaic (and jingoistic) so when you are introduced to characters you can sit there and point them out, one-by-one, “dead, survivor, dead, dead…” (by the end of the movie), but an even bigger issue I had was that there was just about zero time for real character development – it was all painted in broad brush strokes – more caricatures than characters. And you could say that the biggest crime of all is that most of the time the handsome face of So Jisub (and he’s very handsome here) is either grimy with coal dust or grimy and bloody from fighting.

I wouldn’t say that it’s a waste of time, but it’s not exactly an uplifting or fun outing. If you’re into WWII movies or the Korean/Japanese conflicts, this will be your cup of tea; if you want to enjoy So Jisub and Song Joong-ki being heroic, you might be left wanting more.

#battleship-island, #hwang-jung-min, #movie, #so-jisub, #song-joong-ki

So… is it my imagination or is there a little…

too much hysteria lately regarding the new power couple of Song-Song? It seems that everywhere you look that’s all they’re writing about..to the point of really digging for even the smallest something to say – I understand that it feels like a live k-drama in a sense because the make believe couple actually became a real one..a fairy tale kind of ending… but I find it a bit exaggerated.

I like them and I wish them well and I hope that they can breathe a little now that the spotlight is shining brightly over them. I sort of have the same question regarding the drama itself. I liked it well enough but I’ve seen others that I liked even more – and yet, even all this time afterwards it still hasn’t faded away – you just never know when something will catch fire in the public forum do you?

#song-hye-kyo, #song-joong-ki, #song-song-couple